Answered By: Judith Jablonski
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2016     Views: 2639

The library serves as the repository for all capstone thesis/project papers. Without exception, all passing graduate capstone papers must be submitted by the program director to the library where they are retained in the university's electronic archives.

NOTE: The library does not evaluate papers (i.e., we do not re-grade or re-evaluate submissions). The library's role in the capstone process is to provide the electronic repository for storing APUS students' papers. The End of Program Assessment Manual for Graduate Studies (aka EOP Manual) outlines the procedure.

Re: how we acquire, catalog, preserve and facilitate capstone thesis/project papers.

Here's the sequence of events.

  1. The student completes his/her capstone thesis/project paper and submits it to his/her capstone professor.
  2. The professor grades the paper.
  3. Having received a passing grade, the capstone paper is then processed by the student's department and then submitted via email to the APUS Library by the program director.
    NOTE: There is usually some processing time for the school program before submission to the library.
  4. A record of the submission is entered in our inventory and the paper is stored in the university's electronic archive.
    NOTE: The electronic archive is not public.


Exceptional works (those that received a grade of an A+) may be recommended for inclusion in the library’s Master's Capstone Theses Collection on the DigitalCommons@APUS website. This is referred to as publication

Library publication means that the thesis title, author’s name, and program name are posted on the DigitalCommons@APUS website with an active link to the PDF file of the paper. These papers are available on the open web. (They are not, however, in the public domain. See this FAQ for details: Are student papers and Master's theses posted on the library's public website in the public domain?)

In order for the paper to be considered for posting to the DigitalCommons@APUS website, the paper must:

  • have received a grade of A+ (i.e., Passed with distinction);
  • have been recommended by the capstone instructor, the program director, AND the school dean;
  • been approved by the Graduate Studies; and
  • have been approved for publication by the APUS Library.

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